Kyrie Irving’s absence in Boston didn’t stop Celtics fans from letting him hear a bevy of chants and insults on Wednesday night.
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) November 28, 2019
This chant was quickly followed up by chants of “where is Kyrie?” and more choruses of “Kyrie sucks.” Prior to the game, Celtics fans posted flyers of Kyrie’s face with the caption “coward” outside of TD Garden. It’s safe to say Celtics fans are in their feelings about Irving leaving Boston.
Boston fans are some of the most passionate in the league no doubt. That being said, some of the reaction to Irving’s absence feels a bit goofy.
how will kyrie recover from this pic.twitter.com/1IAP5SjQRv
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 28, 2019
Currently out the front of TD Garden: pic.twitter.com/dVKuCOu0rT
— Hayley Byrnes Hartlage (@HayleyByrnes) November 27, 2019
“Where is Kyrie” chants at the Garden 😂😂
I love this city https://t.co/XOfD0XP0qY
— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) November 28, 2019
Irving has dealt with an onslaught of vitriol from Boston ever since he decided to sign with the Nets. It’s understandable for the fans to be angry, but there has been a steady trickle of reports bashing Kyrie coming from the media as well.
It’s almost as if the entire city of Boston is trying to tell Kyrie, “well, we didn’t want you anyway.”
The funny part about all this is that Kemba Walker is playing really well after taking over as the star point guard in Boston. Walker, a New York native, is averaging 21.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game.
The Celtics entered Wednesday night at 12-4 and in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference. The Nets, on the other hand, sit at 9-8 and hold the seventh spot in the East.